“The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always. No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe. It’s not only their unbelievable stature, nor the color which seems to shift and vary under your eyes, no, they are not like any trees we know, they are ambassadors from another time.” -John Steinbeck
Do you have a vision of something you want to create? Is it a vision that you know is going to take all the love you can give, every day of your life, for as long as you live…??? My sister-in-law Coni has such a vision. Her vision is to have redwood trees growing in her garden in Maur, Switzerland. I have been visiting with my sister-in-law in recent weeks and took these photographs of her redwoods.
One of the trees is now seven feet tall and firmly established in her garden. The others are tiny and still live in a flower pot outside her kitchen. I marvel as I see her love for these plants in action. In the flower pots where the tiny trees are growing are shells and rocks she brought back from the Pacific coast. She tells me that this way, the baby trees will feel more at home in the flower pot. She talks to her plants, making sure they have enough moisture. As my brother says, “These plants are her pride and joy.” To watch a moving short film showing the majesty and power of the trees that have captured my sister-in-law’s heart click here.
I am deeply inspired by Coni and “her redwood project” and have been considering the projects that Viriditas Productions is involved in and how yes… they require love, dedication and faith.
One of our projects, Tap Into Transformation, is now firmly established, much like Coni’s little seven foot tall tree. In November of this year we will be launching our 6th year of this community tap dancing event! On May 19th we created a choreography to one of my favorite songs of all time: “Here Come The Sun”…yes, you guessed it, we danced to a Beatles Tune. Here is a photograph of our dancers with David from that night. Yours truly climbed up on a bar stool to take the shot. We had two participants who drove all the way down from Greeley, Colorado. I promptly named them the Greeley Goddesses! Our delicious dinner was catered by our neighboring Mexican restaurant Wapos, and for those who are wondering, we did serve margaritas…smile. Our next Tap Into Transformation will be on Friday, June 23rd, and our theme is “Calling All Angels”. I especially encourage all of you who are feeling defeated by the turbulent times we live in to attend. Check out these powerful lyrics we will be dancing to:
“I need a sign to let me know you’re here ‘Cause my TV set just keeps it all from being clear I want a reason for the way things have to be I need a hand to help build up some kind of hope inside of me
And I’m calling all angels I’m calling all you angels…” (Train Music)
And to all of you who join me in a powerful connection to Archangel Michael…you are going to love the activity we will be doing in the second half of the evening! Be sure to come. Click here to purchase your ticket, today!
I consider my Doctor Of The Soul work to be much like Coni’s little trees in the flower pot. I launched this work in November of 2016, and on June 3rd we had our 8th group event: Healing With Mantra. In the Healing With Mantra events, I teach how to use mantra to help you reduce stress, enhance your emotional well being and optimize the flow of energy within your body. This month we invoked sacred energy through the channel of a mantra that invoked the Hindu God Krishna. Krishna is the god of compassion, tenderness and love. We connected this energy to our fourth chakra, the heart chakra, as we dislodged and released all negative energy associated with this chakra. During the session I invited the participants to write down the hurts they were feeling and wanting to release on an index card. After the session I did a ritual where I burned the cards and then released the ashes above the creek behind my house. Here is a photo of me releasing the ashes. The next Doctor of The Soul group session will be Healing With St. Hildegard on July 1st. I will be using St. Hildegard’s powerful song “O Frondens Virga” in our soul healing process. I am also available for private sessions. Click hereto find out more.
The part of the Viriditas work that is connected to the performing arts continues with my participation in the Kutandara Marimba Ensemble. In July I will be studying privately with Jesse Larson, one of the most powerful and skilled marimba players I know. She will be teaching me two new songs and helping me get ready to perform in the fall. Click here to enjoy Jesse playing “Moyo Wangu” (one of the songs I will be learning) with Kutandara. She is the marimba player in the brown shirt on the front marimba.
Finally, I want to describe the fine tuning that is happening in a part of the work that is still very much in the vision phase. As you know I have been asked to teach at the Fox Institute, a new graduate school that will be opening its doors this fall in Boulder. The opening dates needed to be pushed back to October due to some gorgeous renovations that are being undertaken to transform the buildings. I am now scheduled to teach two classes on St. Hildegard as well as two classes together with David: “Chanting The Wisdom Traditions” as well as “Introduction to Creation Spirituality”. I begin with The St. Hildegard Classes on November 13th. I have also been asked to join the academic leadership team of the school. I am in the midst of deep discernment regarding what exactly the vision is for my work with the Fox Institute. I trust clarity will come in the months ahead, and I will keep you posted.
I close with a request. What are the visions that are living in your heart? In what stages of development are they? I would love to hear about them. Please send me a message letting me into your world of visions! Let’s inspire each other.
I’m singing in the rain, just singing in the rain.
What a glorious feelin’, I’m happy again.
I’m laughing at clouds, so dark up above.
The sun’s in my heart, and I’m ready for love.
Let the stormy clouds chase, everyone from the place.
Come on with the rain, I’ve a smile on my face.
I walk down the lane, with a happy refrain
Just singin’, singin’ in the rain…”
These are some of the lyrics to the song “Singing In The Rain” which Gene Kelly made famous as he sang it while tap dancing in the pouring rain in the movie “Singing In The Rain” oh so many years ago. This scene has always been one of my constant companions. No matter what is going on in my life, I keep the focus on “the sun in my heart”. It is the energy of unconditional love which yes “keeps me dancing” even in the pouring rain. Whenever I feel the stormy clouds up above, I imagine being Gene Kelly and powerfully dancing away! And yes, we have had a lot of very rainy days here in Boulder recently. And in the midst of them Viriditas Productions has been “dancing away” sending forth waves of unconditional love.
Drum roll…… talk about expressing unconditional love…. The dates are now set for the opening of the Fox Institute in Boulder. The school will be housed in the First Congregational Church. The First Congregational Church has always been a big advocate of the arts here in Boulder. David and I actually tap danced there last year as part of the opening reception of the NoBo Art District’s Annual Group Show. Classes will begin on September 18th, and I will be teaching two classes on St. Hildegard of Bingen that week. Given that St. Hildegard’s feast day is September 17th, I have no doubt that our powerful friend is overseeing this entire venture! David and I will be participating in an informational Fox Institute Webinar on May 20th . We will be talking about two fundamental components of the Fox Institute Curriculum: The Mystics as well as Art As Meditation. Please contact me if you would like information on how to join the webinar.
Another vehicle for expressing unconditional love continues with Healing With St. Hildegard. We hosted our fourth session on May 6th at the Viriditas Studio. It was an especially heart warming event for me personally because my best friend in the world, Renate Lienhart, was visiting from Switzerland that week and attended the event. Renate and I have known each other for over 40 years. To have her present and experiencing this healing work made that “sun in my heart” shine even brighter. Our focus for the session was to connect to the healing and compassionate love of Mary, the Mother Of God, using St. Hildegard’s famous song: O Virga Ac Diadema. Mary’s love is so tender, sweet and comforting. For those of you who would like to experience a taste of the session, please become a member of the Free Healing Library on the Doctor Of The Soul website and enjoy the meditations that David and I have recorded. I will be posting a meditation from our most recent session next week.(Click here for the Free Healing Library.)
Finally here is the update on the tap dancing that has graced the Viriditas Studio. On April 21st David and I hosted Tap Into Transformation and taught the choreography to, YES!, Singing In The Rain. You should have seen the smile on my face when it started raining that night. After dinner, we created life size drawings of ourselves dancing in the rain… telling each other about those things in our lives that bring us joy. I always am amazed at the beautiful souls that show up for Tap Into Transformation. There is something about tap dancing that attracts such fun-loving people. I truly believe that Tap Into Transformation has become the best dinner party in Boulder, Colorado. If you haven’t yet given it a try…. GO FOR IT this coming week. We will be dancing to another one of my favorites: Here Comes The Sun by the Beatles. Another option for those of you who want to give tap dancing a try, is to come by the studio on the first Friday of the month. David and I are now regularly participating in the NoBo First Friday Open House Event. This past Friday night between 6-9 pm over twenty people came by the studio and we had so much fun dancing with them. It’s free, and I guarantee you will leave the studio smiling and even feeling a bit like Gene Kelly!
As I look at the weather forecast it seems that going forward here in Boulder, the Sun is coming to grace our lives. I look forward to the rest of May and potting many beautiful flowers for my garden. On June 5th, I leave with my fifteen year old son on our annual mother-son odyssey. Like last year we will be going to New York City, Switzerland and London, England. I will be writing my next newsletter while in Switzerland and yes I will be sharing some gorgeous photographs!
What does it mean to be Self-Confident? As I asked myself this question recently, the following song came to mind:
“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine!”
And suddenly I remembered being at my youngest brother Michael’s wedding about ten years ago. My brother had asked me to sing the Ave Maria at his wedding. Oh my, was I a nervous wreck the day of the wedding, as I stood on the balcony of this gorgeous baroque church in central Switzerland and looked at the hundreds of people coming in down below. How could I possibly sing with all these people listening? And then this gospel choir that my brother had hired to sing at the wedding came on to the balcony and started singing… yes… you guessed it…THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE! This was exactly what I needed to be singing to dispel the nervous energy and negative thoughts going through my head. And so I sang along with the glorious gospel singers and sure enough as I got up to sing the Ave Maria, I knew all I needed to do was let my light shine.
For me Self-Confidence is our ability to let our Divine Nature and Gifts shine out into the world. This “Light” is a powerfully loving and transformative light and we all have it! And this light has been shining forth from the “Land of Viriditas” big time this past month.
On March 18th the Kutandara Center hosted a concert to raise funds to purchase a set of marimbas for an orphanage in Zimbabwe. I was honored to be part of the concert. I am a member of the Kutandara Reperatory Ensemble and we opened the concert with six of our songs. Check out this video to see us playing Ndave Kuenda. (Click hereto watch the video.) We let our light shine that night, and the next day when I saw comments on my Facebook page coming all the way from Zimbabwe, I knew it had been an especially bright light that we sent forth that night!
The light being sent forth by our Tap Dancing Events is also growing in brightness. On March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day, we hosted our monthly Tap Into Transformation. There were ten of us dancing to some glorious boogie woogie music and enjoying a delicious meal catered by The Hungry Toad. After dinner we had a great time playing charades with words that embody power and speed. You should have seen my rendition of a rocket ship!
And then last Friday, April 7th, David and I participated in the monthly NoBo Art District’s First Friday open house. We had over 50 people stop by the studio and most of them dove right in and tried some tap dancing. We felt like we were at a delightful night club celebrating the joy and power of this glorious dance form. The word is getting out that some great fun can be had at the Viriditas Studio on the first Friday of the month between 6 and 9 pm. Tell your friends!!!
Self-Confidence was the theme of our third Healing With Mantra Event which happened on April 8th. I taught a mantra connected to the aspects of Divinity represented by the Hindu Deity Durga. David’s musical accompaniment made the experience of chanting this mantra especially powerful. I also added specific movements that we did as we chanted. Later this week I will be posting a recording of this mantra in the Free Healing Library on the doctorofthesoul website (doctorofthesoul.com) for those of you who missed the event and/or would like to chant along at home.
David and I are also very excited that we have been asked to become faculty at a new graduate school that will be opening its doors this coming September 18th here in Boulder Colorado. The school is called the Fox Institute and is a reinvention of the graduate school where David and I got our doctorates in Ministry: The University Of Creation Spirituality. (Click here to find out more about this amazing school. I will be teaching a course on St. Hildegard of Bingen and David will be teaching a course on Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Howard Thurman! We have also submitted proposals for five other classes which were accepted by the academic committee. I will keep you posted as the exact dates of our classes get finalized. The model of this education was created by the theologian Matthew Fox. My favorite part of the curriculum is called “Art As Meditation” and yes, one of the classes David and I will be teaching is “Tap Into Transformation”!
All right, my powerful friends, I once again am off to pack my bag. David and I are leaving for Keystone on Friday morning. They still have over 60 inches of snow up there, and oh my, is my Swiss Mountain Goat heart happy….I am going to let my Swiss light shine this coming weekend. Yo do lei di hoo!!!
At the Viriditas Studio
4939 N. Broadway, Unit 65
Boulder, CO 80304
BOOGIE WOOGIE is a style of blues played on the piano with a strong, fast beat. Come and experience the exhilaration of combining power with speed. Come and boogie down in a community of adventurous and fun-loving tap dancers as we all feel the music of the piano and rise up in joy. This month we are going to blow the roof off of the Viriditas Studio!
WE WILL TEACH YOU TAP STEPS
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY
WE PROVIDE TAP SHOES
This month I would like to start by asking you a very powerful question: What is your Rupertsberg? Let me explain. Rupertsberg is the name of the first monastery St. Hildegard of Bingen created in 1150, after leaving the monastery at Disibodenberg where she had lived for over forty years. It became the home out of which St. Hildegard created all of the beautiful work which we now enjoy and benefit from over 900 years later. What is the home out of which you are creating your life?
My “Rupertsberg” is my amazing home in North Boulder. I feel incredibly held by the beauty and comfort of this home. Many nights I am cooking a delicious and nourishing meal in my kitchen on the ground floor as I listen while my son Joshua shares his latest composition. Most nights I enjoy a relaxing epsom salt – candle light bath. I also have an office with three walls of bookshelves and my computer where I write these newsletters. And so I ask you….What structure have you created or are you creating where you nourish and manifest your soul’s purpose?
“What is your Rupertsberg?” is the question I asked at the most recent Healing With St. Hildegard event at the Viriditas Studio. The group shared some very beautiful and inspiring answers to this question. I then taught the group three chants based on St. Hildegard’s song O Jerusalem. We used the chants to bring light and love to what we are creating in our lives as well as to help remove any obstacles we are facing. For those of you who were unable to attend the event, I will be uploading the chants with the instructions on how to use them in your life next week on to the Free Healing Library on the Doctor Of The Soul Website. Click here to join the library. To register all you need to do is type in an email address and a password. You will then have access to the pages of the library.
I now want to give you the update about the beautiful work that David and I did this past month. For starters we had a glorious time with Tap Into Transformation and Tap Into Love on February 17th and 18th. The folks that came to experience the latest Michael Jackson inspired choreography we taught at Tap Into Transformation were incredibly fun-loving and outgoing. We ended the evening by each sharing a tap move that we especially love, and David strung them all together to create a unique group dance. I know MJ was smiling down on us, reminding us that “It is all for LOVE!”
And the LOVE kept flowing the next night at Tap Into Love. David and I want to thank all of you who attended this performance (and a special thank you to those of you who took advantage of the combo package!) It is such a blessing to share our latest choreography and music with such a loving and appreciative group of people. For me this performance was especially nourishing because it connected me with my parents and three of my aunts, all of whom have inspired my artistic life. The photo below is my father playing the boogie woogie.
And then one week later David and I performed in front of a packed crowd in the Canyon Gallery of the Boulder Public Library as part of the Opening Reception of the Annual NoBo Art District Group Show. The greatest joy of this performance for me was singing Let The Love Flow with David. We created this song for the Performance Piece Feathers On The Breath Of God in 2011. What a treat to sing it again and this time with David. The song was a perfect song to use as a way to celebrate all the artists contributing to this stunning exhibit. The song as well as the entire sound track of Feathers On The Breath Of God is available for purchase on my website for those of you who would like to enjoy it. If you ever have an extra hour in downtown Boulder, go by the Library and enjoy the exhibit. It will be on display all month.
Looking ahead to March 18th, I want to give you details about the Benefit Concert that the Kutandara Reperatory Marimba Ensemble that I am part of will be performing in. The concert will be with Tendai Muparutsa & ZiMBiRA, and they are amazing musicians. Please join us!
Saturday, March 18, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church @ 4775 Cambridge Street in Boulder, Colorado 80301
$10 individual/$20 family suggested donation at the door; food and drink available for purchase.
Make a donation for Child Future Africa at the door! Sponsored by Kutandara Center and Rubatano. Child Future Africa supports children by buying school supplies, paying school fees, promoting income-generating activities, and operating an orphanage for destitute children. In 2015, Rubatano implemented an mbira program, at Child Future Africa, and together Kutandara and Rubatano plan to begin a marimba program with the donation of a set of marimbas when a group from the Kutandara Center travels to Zimbabwe in June 2017. All proceeds from this concert will support the building and delivery of the marimbas to the orphans at Child Future Africa.
Finally….yes, the ski adventures of Jeannine and David continue this coming weekend at Breckenridge. Skiing has become a central part of our lives. We are experiencing such power and speed coming together in our bodies as we fly down the slopes of our amazing Colorado ski resorts. There is a renewed energy in our lives and this combination of speed and power will be a central part of our next Tap Into Transformation….more on that front in a few weeks!
So keep “letting the LOVE flow” and yeah…write me a note about your Rupertsberg.
4939 N. Broadway, Unit 65
Boulder, CO 80304
MJ A pop idol; Thrilling dancer Like a powerful star in a hurting world.
This month’s Tap Into Transformation is a tribute to Michael Jackson, one of the most lovable and loving artists of our times. A dynamic and original performer, he created dance steps the world continues to move to and imitate. AND SO WILL WE. Come and learn some MJ moves we can do with tap shoes on! THIS IS GOING TO BE POWERFULLY FUUNNN!! Imagine… the moonwalk, hips, shoulders, arms, hands and fancy footwork! Yes, you will leave the evening with a spring in your step as you take the world by storm with your cool new tap dancing moves.
WE WILL TEACH YOU TAP STEPS
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY
WE PROVIDE TAP SHOES
February… the month of LOVE! I want to start this newsletter by sharing my favorite spiritual text on love: yes 1 Corinthians 13, verses 4-7:
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
The power of love never ceases to amaze me. And so I want to share with you the many ways that Viriditas is sharing love these days and invite you to connect with the many offerings of this beautiful company.
David and I are currently rehearsing for our annual multimedia performance Tap Into Love which will take place at the Viriditas Studio on the evening of February 18th from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Click here to view the promotional video we created for this heartwarming event! This year we are celebrating our connections to our ancestors. I will be showing how both of my parents as well as my father’s three(!) sisters have been sources of inspiration and joy in my life. If you attend only one Viriditas event all year, this would be my recommendation. Delicious food, great company and a performance that will fill you with joy, tenderness and yes LOVE! Purchase your tickets today! Click hereto purchase tickets.
Tap Into Transformation continues to bring “food, fun and friendship” to participants on the third Friday of every month. In January we danced to the song “You’re The One That I Want” from the movie Grease. The colors of the evening were black, white and gold and we all wore black and gold beads as we followed the fun choreography. After dinner we created drawings of what we wanted in the year 2017. As always, I felt so blessed to share the evening with such beautiful and warm people. This month we will be bringing back our Michael Jackson choreography with a new twist. So, all you Michael Jackson fans….JOIN US on February 17th. (Click here to purchase tickets.)
On February 24th, David and I will once again be performing as part of the Opening Reception of the 7th Annual NoBo Group Show. The Art Show, “Looking for Common Ground: A Collaboration” will take place at the Boulder Public Library Main Branch, Canyon Gallery, 1101 Arapahoe Ave. from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Mark your calendars! There are some incredibly gifted artists in North Boulder and this is your chance to see their work all in one show. David and I will be singing and tap dancing our greatest hits and would love to see you there.
Looking ahead to March 18th, I am very excited to let you know that the Kutandara Repertory Marimba Ensemble that I am part of will be performing as part of a Benefit Concert for Child Future Africaat St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, 4775 Cambridge Street in Boulder, Colorado 80301. The concert is at 7:00 pm, and we will be performing with Tendai Muparutsa & ZiMBIRA. You can make a donation for Child Future Africa at the door. If you have never heard marimba music, you are in for a treat. The JOY of this music is unparalleled!
Finally, I want to encourage those of you who have not yet checked out the Free Healing Library on the doctorofthesoul website, to give yourself the gift and register. There are now two pages you can access at the Library with beautiful recordings and guidances on how to use them in your meditative practices. Next week I will be adding a recording of the Saraswati mantra from the Doctor Of The Soul group event from February 4th. Click hereto join the library. To register all you need to do is type in an email address and a password. You will then have access to the pages of the library.
I will leave you now with one more image. David and I leave on Friday morning for our monthly retreat in the mountains. This month we will be in Vail. What a blessing it is to spend four whole days with this loving man in such powerfully loving mountains!